• comment on a post New urgency on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell over 5 years ago

    1) He has political capital now.

    2) This isn't 1993 (when the U.S. electorate was still on a rightward swing and Ellen DeGeneres's lesbian kiss on TV was a huge controversy).  Thanks in part to Bill Clinton--yes, the same guy who sold LGBT people out on DOMA and DADT--who appointed openly gay people to high-level posts in his administration and was willing to say the words "gay and lesbian" out loud, and in part to the growing visibility of LGBT people in other parts of public life and culture, queerness isn't as taboo as it was.  

    Also, thanks to George Bush's terrible foreign policy, we need all the servicemembers we can get, and the American people know it.  

    3) Even within the supposedly conservative armed forces, support for repeal is very high. Cf.  http://www.sldn.org/pages/polling-data .  Among the general population, several polls show more than 70% support for repeal.  

    4) Yes, Obama needs to tread carefully with the top brass, but even the top brass who were dead-set against openly gay & lesbian servicemembers in 1993 now say they regret the policy.   If Obama's team emphasizes the great need for, say, the decorated Arabic-speaking lesbian and gay people who have been discharged solely because of this dumb policy, I don't see how Gates could raise much of a stink.  (Gates should go anyway, but that's another topic.)

    5) Obama needs to win back some good will on the part of the LGBT community.  This would be a good start, and much easier politically than repeal of DOMA (which he also needs to take the lead on soon or be forever on the wrong side of history).  

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 5 years ago

    http://www.abajournal.com/weekly/fordham law_class_collects_scalia_info_justice is_steamed

  • comment on a post Update on marriage equality news in Iowa over 5 years ago

  • on a comment on Remembering Hate Is Not Easy over 5 years ago

    win $2500 from the L.A. LGBT Center for your video response to the NOM ad

    http://tinyurl.com/pushbackvideo

    http://lagaycenter.org/projectpushback

  • on a comment on Remembering Hate Is Not Easy over 5 years ago

    End the Lies has all the audition reels and the original ad and all the facts debunking the ad, but it doesn't have this video response:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YGe8DwBs -s

  • comment on a post Remembering Hate Is Not Easy over 5 years ago

    I hope EndTheLies.org gets the countermessage out effectively.  

    The NOM assertions are thoroughly debunked, but as we know here in California, repeating anti-gay slander and lies over and over again sometimes works.  

  • VT's legislature expected to take up a veto override discussion tomorrow morning.  

  • Don't forget MCC, the first denomination to perform weddings for same-sex couples (and obviously the most queer-friendly Christian denomination in the world).  

    There are a couple MCCs in Iowa: http://www.mccchurch.org/usa/iowa.htm .  

  • comment on a post What Does Iowa's Gay Marriage Ruling Mean For 2012? over 5 years ago


    By 2011-2012, marriage equality will be the law in NJ, VT, NH, MA, NY, IA, and I hope CA and several other states as well.  (It would be lovely if President Obama and the Democratic Congressional leaders also made repeal of DOMA a priority between now and then.)  

    This may provoke a siege mentality in the reddest of the red states, but they already have anti-marriage amendments.  Meanwhile all the pragmatic and progressive people will notice that the sky hasn't fallen, see the joyful pictures of married couples in the paper, start to learn about all the federal rights that are denied to couples based on CIVIL marital status, etc.  

    Anyone concern trolling on this issue--esp. in this political climate--needs to go take a valium and read Nate Silver's analysis of the IA marriage equality decision posted today.  

  • Nitpick:  marriage is marriage.  The term "gay marriage" implies a separate institution.  What there is: marriage discrimination and special rights for heterosexuals.  What we want: marriage equality.  

  • comment on a post Writing about politics does not make me a man over 5 years ago
    Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting's latest magazine has an article about representation of women's voices in the progressive blogosphere. Sad to say, not much better than traditional media.

    http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3647

    Huffington Post Mutes Women's Voices
    New media, same gender imbalance

    By Jessica Wakeman

    Women's voices have long been lacking in corporate media. As Internet outlets compete more and more with traditional media as a source for news and opinion, will women's voices be heard there more frequently than in print publications? If the Huffington Post, one of the most prominent and successful blogs today, is an accurate barometer, the answer is no.

    The Huffington Post is a left-leaning site that features opinion pieces by the site's founder and editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, as well as by a wide assortment of guest bloggers. According to the blog-tracking website Technorati, it is the single most-linked-to blog as of September 2008; Nielsen Online ranks it the 28th most popular news site in the U.S. (Editor & Publisher, 9/16/08). By at least one measurement (Alexa.com), it has surpassed in popularity some of its big corporate competitors, like Time.com and Newsweek.com.

    The site highlights 13 "featured blog posts" on the home page at a time, and that selection is updated regularly. Extra! recorded those featured bylines twice every weekday for nine weeks and coded them by gender.* During the study period (7/7/08-9/5/08), only 255 of 1,125 bylines--23 percent--belonged to women.

    The Post does seem to be making a conscious effort to include women's voices; despite the low percentages, the study found at least one female byline on the home page at all times. But if there is indeed such an effort, it stops far short of parity. Of the 89 times bylines were checked during the study, not once did the number of women's bylines equal those belonging to men. Only eight times did women account for more than a third of all bylines. And Arianna Huffington, appearing 57 times, accounted for more than a fifth of all women's bylines; 45 of those occupied the most visible top post. Only once, in fact, did a woman other than Arianna Huffington get her byline in the most visible top slot--Post editor-at-large Nora Ephron (8/26/08).

    While the Huffington Post provides an outlet for certain voices that seldom make it into the corporate media, it falls perfectly in line with elite print media's abysmal gender numbers. In Extra!'s 2005 op-ed study (5-6/05) of major newspapers and magazines, U.S. News & World Report led magazines with a still-dismal 28 percent of op-eds penned by women, followed by Newsweek at 23 percent and Time at 13 percent. Newspapers fared even worse: Women's bylines appeared on 20 percent of op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, 17 percent in the New York Times and 10 percent in the Washington Post. For syndicated columnists, the numbers were likewise low, with women writing 24 percent of columns at the eight major syndicates (Editor & Publisher, 3/15/05)--which still beats the Huffington Post....

    [more at http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3647 ]

  • comment on a post gay rights extremists bring us an e-harmony disaster over 5 years ago
    am i hallucinating, or have all the trolls taken up the "none of our special rights for THE GAYS!!!!" trolling points this month?
  • comment on a post Getting behind obama over 5 years ago
  • I am one of those in the middle on this issue.

    For some of us, it's not an "issue", it's our civil rights.  

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